Lafayette Animal Shelter and Care Center And Acadiana Animal Aid Team Up With National Rescue Group To Save Lives

Feb 14, 2022, 14:10 PM by Jennifer McCommons

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Lafayette Animal Shelter and Care Center And Acadiana Animal Aid Team Up With National Rescue Group To Save Lives

Sharing strategies to increase the save rate at two in-state shelters 

Lafayette, LA – Recognized as national leaders in animal welfare and saving lives, the Lafayette Animal Shelter and Care Center (LASCC) and Acadiana Animal Aid (AAA) are partnering with shelters in Vernon and Sabine Parishes to assist them in saving more animals’ lives. 

The partnership is funded through a national leader in animal welfare, Best Friends Animal Society, as part of its Shelter Collaborative Program. LASCC and AAA will share their proven strategies to increase adoptions, engage with the community and rescue partnerships, and decrease unnecessary animal intakes — procedures that have made LASCC and AAA lifesaving leaders. 

“We have accomplished saving more animals and increasing community outreach. For two consecutive years, we’ve achieved no-kill status, meaning at least 90 percent of the animals accepted into the shelter were saved,” LASCC Supervisor Shelley Delahoussaye said. 

In 2021, LASCC saved the lives of 94 percent of dogs and 93 percent of cats, reserving euthanasia for only terminally ill animals and unadoptable aggressive animals. Currently, Vernon Parish Animal Shelter and Sabine Humane Society have saved the lives of 80 percent and 73 percent of animals, respectively. The goal is for both shelters to achieve a 90 percent save rate by the end of 2022. 

Acadiana Animal Aid Director Jeanine Foucher said, “We have an incredible opportunity to share what has worked in our community and help other municipal shelters build strong public-private partnerships."  

The Shelter Collaborative Program is a cornerstone of Best Friends Animal Society’s goal of making America a no-kill nation by 2025. "Creating and sustaining no-kill in communities across the country will only be possible if shelters, community members and other stakeholders work together,” the program’s National Senior Strategist Carrie Ducote said.